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Title: The New York genealogical and biographical record
Year: 1891 (1890s)
Authors: Greene, Richard Henry, 1839-1926 Stiles, Henry Reed, 1832-1909 Dwight, Melatiah Everett Morrison, George Austin, 1864-1916 Mott, Hopper Striker, 1854-1924 Totten, John Reynolds, 1856-1936 Pitman, H. Minot (Harold Minot), 1888- Ditmas, Charles Andrew, 1887-1938 De Forest, Louis Effingham, 1891- Mann, Conklin Maynard, Arthur S New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
Publisher: New York, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
Contributing Library: Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
Digitizing Sponsor: Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
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nd crediting Spanish bishops with the founding of seven cities ina distant island in the year 734. In 149S De Ayala, the Spanish ambas-sador in England, reported to his sovereign that the City of Bristol hadfor seven years sent out ships in search oi the Island of Brazil and theSeven Cities, which were commonly laid down in maps, together with thegreat island of Antillia, by many supposed to refer to the AmericanContinent. In the time of Columbus enterprise was generally active, and meneverywhere were eager to realize the prediction of Seneca, who declaredthat the Ultima Thule (the extreme bounds of the earth) would in duetime be reached. But Columbus would win something more than * From advance-sheets of the forthcoming Memorial History of the City of NewYork, furnished by the courtesy of General Wilson. The seven portraits which ap-pear in this chapter are examples of some four hundred that will be included in this,important work. 164 Explorations of the North American Coast. [Oct.,
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beautiful islands. He aimed at a continent, and would reach theeastern border of Asia by sailing west.* in accordance with the earlyphilosophers, who had accepted the spherical form of the earth, not dreaming that, instead of a fewislands, scattered like gems in theocean, a mighty continent barredthe wav. Dominated by the an-tique notions of the classic writers.Columbus, after encountering andovercoming every discouragement,finally sailed towards the goldenWest] finding the voyage a pleasantexcursion, interrupted only by theoccasional fears of the sailors, lestthe light breeze might prevent theirreturn to Spain by blowing all thetime one wav. At a given point ofthe vovage Columbus met with anexperience and made a decision thatperhaps determined the destiny ofNorth America. October 7, I492>Martin Pinson saw flocks of parrotsflying southwest, and argued thatthe birds were returning to land,which must lie in that direction. Heaccordingly advised the Admiral tochange the course of the
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